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The Filmfest Munich presents films about love, death and disputes

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- The second-largest film festival in Germany will play host to movies that convey powerful emotions, and will unspool from 23 June to 2 July

The Filmfest Munich presents films about love, death and disputes
Deutschland. Dein Selbstporträt by Sönke Wortmann

The 34th edition of the Filmfest Munich will host many films in which the protagonists are passionately fighting for their relationships. The event will open with the German Cannes hit Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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by Maren Ade, before showcasing 207 premieres from 62 countries. The multifaceted programme presents many films brimming with powerful emotions. “In view of the explosive growth in the availability of moving images in the digital age, it is important to experience cinema as a relevant space,” says festival director Diana Iljine

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As one of the most important platforms for innovative German cinema, the Filmfest Munich boasts two programmes filled with German films as well as a retrospective of the works of German writer-director Christian Petzold (Yella [+see also:
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, Barbara [+see also:
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, Phoenix [+see also:
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). While Sönke Wortmann’s compilation of clips entitled Deutschland. Dein Selbstporträt offers diverse perceptions of Germany, passion, love and violence are major issues in many personal stories, such as the literary adaptation Die Habenichtse [+see also:
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interview: Florian Hoffmeister
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by Florian Hoffmeister, starring award-winning German actress Julia Jentsch (24 Weeks [+see also:
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Q&A: Anne Zohra Berrached
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, Sophie Scholl – The Final Days [+see also:
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); Florian Eichinger’s abuse drama Die Hände meiner Mutter [+see also:
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, with Jessica Schwarz (The Day I Was Not Born [+see also:
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, Adieu Paris [+see also:
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); and tragicomedies such as Die letzte Sau [+see also:
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by Aron Lehmann (Kohlhaas oder die Verhältnismäßigkeit der Mittel) and Die Welt der Wunderlichs [+see also:
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by Dani Levy (Go for Zucker! [+see also:
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), starring Katharina Schüttler as an ex-musician and desperate single mother.

Personal feelings and perspectives of various nations are often expressed through music in movies such as Robert EdwardsOne More Time, with Christopher Walken; Robert Budreau’s biopic Born to Be Blue [+see also:
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, about Chet Baker’s comeback, starring Ethan Hawke; and Babak Jalali’s Radio Dreams, about the first rock band in Afghanistan. 

Besides various newcomers, many well-established filmmakers from the big international film countries are bringing their new titles to Munich. The international line-up includes Argentina [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Saura
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by Carlos Saura, Bleak Street [+see also:
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by Arturo Ripstein, Julieta [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
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by Pedro Almodóvar, Blood of My Blood [+see also:
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interview: Marco Bellocchio
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by Marco Bellocchio, Vanity [+see also:
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interview: Lionel Baier
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by Lionel Baier, Winter Song [+see also:
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by Otar Iosseliani, Rabin, The Last Day [+see also:
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by Amos Gitai, Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman [+see also:
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and Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, starring Ellen Burstyn, who will be given the CineMerit Award at the gathering. The Filmfest Munich will close with the emotionally gripping family drama Captain Fantastic by Matt Ross.

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